Make your art truly remarkable

I see a lot of art. A LOT! I’m probably introduced to about 50-100 new artists each week through potential clients, students, and my own interests. So, I kind of know what I’m talking about when I say that your art truly needs to look like your own. What can you do to make it different from that of other artists? What can you do to stand out in the crowd?

Good enough isn’t good enough, because now everything is good enough. Our expectations of quality are unrealistic—and are being met every single day. We don’t just want to be satisfied, we want to be blown away.Seth Godin, The Big Moo, page xi.

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3 comments to Make your art truly remarkable

  • This is an excellent point and one I’ve been dwelling on. I’ve reached a point in my career where my experimenting has to stop and I need to learn to focus on what works: i.e. what I want to do that will also sell. Unfortunately my landscapes are what sell but not what I want to do, so I’m in a Catch-22 situation. Interestingly enough, in spite of my forays into different areas/genres, even my most diverse work still looks like mine. Some people stamp their work unwittingly. Now I just need to learn to focus…

  • Excellent post as always Alyson. Art will always fall into universal themes, but the only way to stand out, besides entering on a futile chase of novelty, is to find your own personal voice and go with it. That may require a time out from worrying about what sells.

  • Tracy

    Boy, this I’ve been wrestling with for quite some time: how to find my “style” )for lack of a better word). Been going through the exploring of ideas, seeing lots of other work, soul-searching what I’m trying to say and most of all time in the studio to “just do it”. Betty I agree that it helps to throw caution to the wind and not worry about the selling. Like Andrea, what I’ve sold in the past is not where I want to go. I’ve commited more time to the creative process the last 6 mos, though I’m creating 2 threads: my traditionals and my off the beaten path (at least my beaten path). I feel a little split personality, but I bet the more I do I’ll identify more commonalities. I’ve definitely made strides. Just another stop in my lifelong adventure!! –Tracy http://www.tracywall.com